In his inaugural speech, Gov. McDonnell gave props to TJ (of course!), as well as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Douglas Wilder (the nation’s first elected African-American Governor). Nothing like setting expectatons high, Governor!
Former Governors of the Commonwealth include Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (Jefferson’s son-in-law), and Jefferson protege James Monroe (our 5th President served two separate terms as governor).
Governatorial Fun Facts!
Patrick Henry served as first Virginia Governor in 1776
Thomas Jefferson was Gov. #2 in 1779
Both James Monroe and Patrick Henry served two, non-consecutive terms as Governor
Previous Governor Tim Kaine was inaugurated in Williamsburg – the first Governor since Jefferson to be inaugurated there
There are currently 8 living former Virginia Governors
Governors in the Commonwealth are referred to as Excellency – in other states they are known as (perhaps the less commonly achieved) The Honorable
As of 2009, Virginia is the only state that does not allow its Governors to serve consecutive terms
Governor McDonnell will rake in $175k a year in his new job
The Jeffersonia Blog wishes Governor McDonnell a fruitful four years!
To read the full inaugural speech, click here (scroll down to find it).